Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Review – Klarus XT12 GT


The Klarus XT12 GT tactical flashlight is one of the most recent flashlight releases and has quickly become a favourite for many buyers.

With an amazing lumen output of 1600 lumens and a maximum beam distance of 600 metres, this tactical torch really delivers on illumination as well as design. The XT12 GT has a range of features, including two programmable settings, the Tactical setting that is best suited for the outdoors with a one-touch turbo and strobe. The Outdoor setting is especially designed for the wilderness with multiple output levels, an SOS function and other hunting, hiking and camping features.

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Pick whichever setting suits your situation best!

One of the best features that the Klarus XT12 GT has to offer is the magnetic charging port that allows you to charge your tactical torch quickly and easily with self-locating base, battery capacity and a charging indicator.

The magnetic charging connector connects with a micro USB cord and includes a small LED locator light, so you can use it when you just need that little bit of light. Plus it is small and compact enough to hook onto your keychain.

Do you want to learn more about the Klarus XT12 GT? Visit the Klarus light website here and take a look at the wide range of tactical torches and accessories.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Torch Review - The Klarus XT11

I received my Klarus XT11 a few months ago and am now getting my first chance to sit, relax and provide some feedback on this exceptional tactical torch. 


Having been active in the Police service for over 20 years I am by no means new to stress testing equipment. I've served as a patrol officer, on a tactical team and as an instructor. I have also participated in a number of tests of tactical products for specialised team use.

On receiving my Klarus XT11 the first thing that struck me was the minute attention to detail in everything down to the packaging. Everything I needed was there, torch, batteries, charger, lanyard, pouch the whole lot. Just looking at the torch I could tell that it is of extremely high quality manufacturing. No rough edges, no machining burs, no jiggles or rattles. Nice, robust and clean. Controls of the torch were easy to find as they're naturally located when using it tactically. My first tactical vehicle stop for the night sold me and made me a Klarus user for life.

Stopping a suspected stolen vehicle with multiple occupants is never easy or simple. Using the strobe function I was able to literally incapacitate the occupants as my partner approached the vehicle and I provided cover. It was amazing - no matter how the exiting driver tried, he couldn't look directly in the direction of the strobe. It caused immediate disorientation and his hands went straight up to cover his eyes as our verbal commands rained down on him. His companions in the car were as dazzled and confused - and weren't able to look back at us either. What a superb tool! Just a simple flashlight deployed in a tactical manner was able to give me a life saving advantage in a volatile situation.

Later on the shift, we were first respondents to an accident scene involving multiple vehicles. I was able to use the XT11 in 50% brightness mode to cast light over the entire scene without dazzling the EMS personnel working to rescue a trapped driver. The shift and testing didn't stop there though. All through my shift I was using it like a boy with a new toy. The brightness of the beam was unbelievable and yet when searching a house that may have been broken into, there was no splash back of the light when shining it against full length windows - the beam simply traveled internally as if by magic. 

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Believe it or not, all of this testing in and around my shift wasn't even the jaw dropping part. Yes, I got it a little wet over the next few shifts and yes, I did indeed drop it a couple of times and it survived - I would expect nothing less with such precision engineering.

The jaw dropping part is that when I went on leave it lay with my kit bag for 4 weeks unused. Straight out of the bag I pressed the switch and there it was - bright and ready and thirsty for work - no noticeable battery drain!I was amazed that the battery hadn't drained noticeably after being unused for so long

Overall I can categorically say that I will never go on duty again without a Klarus torch by my side. As a Police Officer it's one of the best tactical tools I've encountered. Clearly designed by professionals for hard wearing use, it even slipped into a mount on my R5 without question. A figure 8 mount placed it squarely on a normal SAPS issue shotgun - and I can tell you that once you've mounted a XT11 on a shottie you will NEVER use a shotgun in the same way - it changes the tactical application completely and you'll wonder how you ever worked without one.

If you're one of those policemen who is after the best tactical tools available - you have to get an XT11.


Written By: Craig P.
Cape Town

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

How to Prevent Battery Leakage in your Flashlight

You grab your trusted flashlight and turn it on, but all you see is darkness. When you open up the battery compartment, you can immediately see the problem – the batteries have leaked!

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Batteries that leak in a flashlight can make a huge mess. If the leak is small and caught right away, it can probably be cleaned up and your flashlight can be saved. Larger leaks can easily ruin your flashlight. This is a problem you can avoid by using these smart tactics.
  • Remove the batteries from a flashlight that is rarely used. You can store the batteries along with the light, but don't install them until you are ready to use it.

  • Leave the batteries in a flashlight that you have placed in a glove compartment or other place to use in case of an emergency. Remove, inspect, and test the batteries at least every 6 months. If the batteries are run down, immediately replace them. Depleted batteries are more likely to leak.
  • Replace depleted batteries in a flashlight with fresh, new ones. Don't mix old and new batteries. Use batteries that are the same type, made by the same manufacturer.

QUICK TIPS
  1. Dead batteries should never be left in equipment, their process is nearly complete and the shell is close to breach.
  2. Live batteries have a date on them for a reason. Chemical reaction occurs even if the battery is live and able to run the equipment. Often with today's LED technology, for example, the batteries will corrode through and start leaking long before they become too weak to run the flashlight.
  3. If your flashlight is part of a crash kit where you need batteries with the device at all times for emergency use, store them in a separate Ziploc bag and check their dates periodically as well as for leakage.
KLARUS is represented by Klarus South Africa in Africa. The company designs and manufactures some of the most exciting, practical and innovative LED torches on the planet with ultra high lumen output. Order your Klarus flashlight today from sales@klaruslight.co.za or call 071 6136 777

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

What does Flashlight Runtime depend on?

When we look at a flashlight, there are many different factors that can decide a flashlights runtime. Let’s take a look at how some of these factors affect it…

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-- Brightness. A flashlights runtime is generally measured when it is on the highest brightness mode, so you can increase the runtime by using a lower brightness setting.

-- Ambient Temperature. If you’re going to be using your torch in extremely hot or extremely cold temperatures make sure you know that the performance of your batteries will change.

-- Type of Battery. Some batteries are more effective than others and will change the runtime of your flashlight quite dramatically. The better quality the batteries are and the larger they are the longer they will power the flashlight.

Whether you’re busy camping or simply using your flashlight when the power goes out, the last thing you want is a dim, flickering light. Make sure you steer clear of these unfortunate situations and remember runtime when you buy a flashlight.


Klarus offers a wide range of reliable, affordable flashlights and flashlight accessories. Order your Klarus torch today - call 071 6136 777 or email sales@klaruslight.co.za

Monday, 18 December 2017

How to Store and Maintain your Torch correctly

When you desperately need your torch and you pull it out to discover it’s not working anymore, nothing is more frustrating! To avoid this dilemma you have to create a routine where you maintain and store your flashlight so it’s always ready at a moment’s notice.

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Consider using these easy steps before storing your beloved flashlight…

1. Always make sure all bits of dirt, dust, grime and water are wiped off of the outside case of the torch. Use a soft cloth and try not to dent or damage the material.


2. Ensure the threads on the body and the head are clean and dry and without any snags.


3. ALWAYS check the battery compartment for signs of leakage or corrosion.


4. Its best to remove and inspect the batteries after each use. Never leave the batteries inside your torch when you know you won’t be using it for a long time.


5. Check the overall condition of the flashlight. Are there any cracks or holes? Is the power switch damaged? For a quick fix, use tape!


6. The condition of the glass over the bulb is also important. Make sure to clean and polish it and check for any cracks.


7. Don’t forget to examine the bulb and LED itself. If there are any broken or discoloured wires, replace immediately.


8. Do you have a lanyard on your flashlight? If so, check it for any frays and make sure it is secure. The cord is the only thing holding your flashlight from falling.


9. Protect your torch against rust and corrosion. Lightly coat all the grooves and ridges with silicone grease when possible.


10. If you rarely use your flashlight, wrap it in soft protective cloth when you store it.


Even if you don’t often use your flashlight, make it a habit to check it and ensure that it is working properly. Maintaining your torch won’t take a lot of time and effort. You will be thankful you looked after it when you need it in an emergency and it works effectively!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Your Klarus Guarantee

KLARUS guarantees its high lumen output torches against defects in material and workmanship.

At the discretion of KLARUS, any LED Torch, LED Flashlight, or high lumen output police torch products that are found to be defective under normal use within 2 years of the proof of purchase date will repaired or replaced without charge. The warranty does not cover damage caused by accident, unreasonable use or product alteration. 

Obviously, failure to follow the general maintenance directions could result in damage to an illumination tool that may not be covered by the KLARUS warranty. 

We ask that you take reasonable care with your equipment however do obviously understand the stresses and pressures our torches work under - because that's what they're designed to do - SWAT teams around the world rely on Klarus - you should too!

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If a torch should prove defective, the product will be repaired or replaced, under the above terms. Please contact us for warranty return instructions

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Klarus XT11 - Tactical Review

I received my Klarus XT11 a few months ago and am now getting my first chance to sit, relax and provide some feedback on this exceptional tactical torch. 


Having been active in the Police service for over 20 years I am by no means new to stress testing equipment. I've served as a patrol officer, on a tactical team and as an instructor. I have also participated in a number of tests of tactical products for specialised team use.

On receiving my Klarus XT11 the first thing that struck me was the minute attention to detail in everything down to the packaging. Everything I needed was there, torch, batteries, charger, lanyard, pouch the whole lot. Just looking at the torch I could tell that it is of extremely high quality manufacturing. No rough edges, no machining burs, no jiggles or rattles. Nice, robust and clean. Controls of the torch were easy to find as they're naturally located when using it tactically. My first tactical vehicle stop for the night sold me and made me a Klarus user for life.

Stopping a suspected stolen vehicle with multiple occupants is never easy or simple. Using the strobe function I was able to literally incapacitate the occupants as my partner approached the vehicle and I provided cover. It was amazing - no matter how the exiting driver tried, he couldn't look directly in the direction of the strobe. It caused immediate disorientation and his hands went straight up to cover his eyes as our verbal commands rained down on him. His companions in the car were as dazzled and confused - and weren't able to look back at us either. What a superb tool! Just a simple flashlight deployed in a tactical manner was able to give me a life saving advantage in a volatile situation. 


Later on the shift, we were first respondents to an accident scene involving multiple vehicles. I was able to use the XT11 in 50% brightness mode to cast light over the entire scene without dazzling the EMS personnel working to rescue a trapped driver. The shift and testing didn't stop there though. All through my shift I was using it like a boy with a new toy. The brightness of the beam was unbelievable and yet when searching a house that may have been broken into, there was no splash back of the light when shining it against full length windows - the beam simply traveled internally as if by magic.

Believe it or not, all of this testing in and around my shift wasn't even the jaw dropping part. Yes, I got it a little wet over the next few shifts and yes, I did indeed drop it a couple of times and it survived - I would expect nothing less with such precision engineering.

The jaw dropping part is that when I went on leave it lay with my kit bag for 4 weeks unused. Straight out of the bag I pressed the switch and there it was - bright and ready and thirsty for work - no noticeable battery drain!I was amazed that the battery hadn't drained noticeably after being unused for so long

Overall I can categorically say that I will never go on duty again without a Klarus torch by my side. As a Police Officer it's one of the best tactical tools I've encountered. Clearly designed by professionals for hard wearing use, it even slipped into a mount on my R5 without question. A figure 8 mount placed it squarely on a normal SAPS issue shotgun - and I can tell you that once you've mounted a XT11 on a shottie you will NEVER use a shotgun in the same way - it changes the tactical application completely and you'll wonder how you ever worked without one.

If you're one of those policemen who is after the best tactical tools available - you have to get an XT11.


Written By: Craig P.
Cape Town